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What an IP coordinator should know

As part of our ongoing series examining the ecosystem necessary to bring technology to market, David French, a senior Canadian patent attorney with 35 years of experience, now provides the third of his commentaries on the importance to a company of protecting its Intellectual Property.

By David French

In a previous blog posting, we talked about the importance of having an IP coordinator on the team and how this role fits into an organization. We identified the role of the IP coordinator as including:

  • knowing or able to understand all of the issues and requirements in order to ensure that there is good IP hygiene within the firm
  • acting as the guardian of the intellectual property within the firm
  • understanding what should be done and seeing that things are done on a timely basis
  • communicating with outside legal professionals
  • being present when your patent lawyer, trademark lawyer, litigation attorney etc. speaks at a meeting, and explaining what was said once the professional has left
  • maintaining cost control over your IP expenses

This person was summarized as being your contact with the IP universe, your scout, your guide, your Man Friday in matters IP.

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